A wonderful Day on the Foreshore

14 January 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on A wonderful Day on the Foreshore|

MORE than 500 people converged on Montrose Bay Foreshore in December for International Day of People with Disability, enjoying an array of accessible activities and entertainment for all ages and abilities.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston praised the more than 20 organisations involved in the event, which had the main objective of fun and inclusion.

“Despite some patchy weather, the day has been a wonderful community-led celebration of all abilities,” she said.

Both the Glenorchy and Clarence councils worked with a committee of community members with lived experience to plan the day, which included performances from a range of groups, accessible train rides, sports, games, art and craft, and lots more.

The event, which was sponsored by local Members of Parliament and State Senators, was visited by Minister for Community Development and Disability Roger Jaensch, who assisted Mayor Johnston and Alderman Jan Dunsby grant the inaugural Inspiration Awards to local community members who inspire others.

“The awards are a great opportunity to recognise that despite the challenges people face, they play a fundamental role in contributing towards making the community, and world, a better place,” Mayor Johnston said.

“This may be through volunteering, being a good friend or spreading positivity.

“Regardless, we wanted to recognise the day-to-day actions of everyday people.”

The day was a thoroughly inclusive event, with roles carried out by people with varied abilities including event photography, stage management, site management, information booth, surveys and Master of Ceremonies.

Performances from Mosaic group Dreamscape and Down Syndrome Tasmania’s dance troupe Brightstars entertained the crowd, while Jian Shen School of Tai Chi demonstrated the art of Tai Chi, and Stuart from Li-Ve Tasmania shared his top 10 tips for communicating with people of all abilities.

These, along with the popular Lions barbecue, ice cream, face painting and kids’ activities, made the celebration an enjoyable experience for the community.

Caption: Community members gathered for a Day on the Foreshore. Photo credit: Demonking Photography.

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